The big news Wednesday from Wednesday in Paris was Rafael Nadal making history, clinching his fourth year-end No. 1 ranking following a 7-5, 6-3 opening round win over Hyeon Chung.
“I’m very, very happy for everything,” said Nadal. “It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It’s something that means a lot to me. But the season is not over.”
Nadal finished last year No. 9, but behind six titles and two Slams, he’s back on top.
While Rafa made the headlines, the ATP Race to London drew more into focus.
Kevin Anderson and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were both eliminated in three set losses. Anderson lost to Fernando Verdasco, Tsonga was upset by countryman Julien Benneteau.
Staying alive were David Goffin, who beat Adrian Mannarino, Lucas Pouille, Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner. Goffin will face Benneteau tomorrow with a berth awarded should he win.
Del Potro will have to make the semifinals, Pouille to finals while Isner will have to win the title for a chance. Otherwise, Pablo Carreno Busta gets the berth after Goffin.
Del Potro opens play Thursday against Robin Haase who pulled the upset of the day shocking Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Since winning Cincinnati in August, Zverev has gone just 8-7 with only one tournament semifinal (Beijing) in five events.
The 20-year-old will not be part of the Milan event, but will make his debut later this month at the year-end Finals in London.
THURSDAY PARIS SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
R. Haase (NED) vs  J. del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 12:30 pm
 D. Thiem (AUT) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
 J. Isner (USA) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
 J. Sock (USA) vs  L. Pouille (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
 R. Nadal (ESP) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
Not Before 8:30 pm
 R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
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